LACONIA — Margaret Mary (Dolan) Plumer, affectionately known as Peg, died Feb. 2, 2015, peacefully with her daughter at her side.
Peg lived on Kinsman Drive in the Taylor Community in Laconia. Born in Boston on Sept. 10, 1925, to Henry C. Dolan and Helen (Potter) Dolan, Peg grew up in Somerville, Mass., and Medford Mass.
During her youth, Peg was a featured singer for the Big Bands that frequented the Boston area night clubs. A song was written especially for Peg's voice that was later recorded by Frank Sinatra.
After graduating from the Prince School of Merchandising in Boston, Peg met a handsome young Marine, Lester Plumer, and they were married in 1946. In 1950, Lester was recalled for duty in Korea and he and Peg moved to Camp Lejeune, N.C. After his tour, they moved to Reading, Mass., where they raised their two children, Lester Jr. and Diane. Later they moved to New Hampshire and Peg began her long, illustrious, career in banking.
She was employed by the Indian Head Bank in Portsmouth for 33 years. After it changed to Fleet Bank, she was the first woman named vice president in New Hampshire. Until two years ago, Peg worked part-time as the friendly, beautiful older receptionist at Meredith Village Savings Bank in Laconia.
Peg, Lester, their daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Tim, owned and operated the Irish Tweed Shop in Laconia, Wolfeboro, and Hanover. Peg loved to travel and crisscross the globe, but her heart was in love with Ireland which she traveled to many times for pleasure and for buying trips.
Peg was active in the community and sought after by many committees and boards. She served on the board of directors of Lakes Region General Hospital for many years, chairing the Finance and Audit committees. Other community service included board of Lakes Region Community Services, Genesis Behavioral Health, Lakes Region Scholarship Fund, Spaulding Youth Center, treasurer of Christmas Village, treasurer of Laconia Multinational Committee, treasurer of Human Relations Committee of Laconia, and member of the Board of Advocates for Taylor Community.
Peg was an original foundress of New Beginnings-Without Violence and Abuse, and a member of Zonta International of Laconia. Peg was a life member of the Red Snapper Chapter of the Red Hat Society.
She was awarded many community awards over the years including the Rhoda C. Ladd Award "For Service to Community Health Care."
As a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Peg taught religious education, was a Eucharistic minister, did prison ministry, and taught at the Pre Cana sessions for couples preparing for marriage. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Ladies Guild, serving as treasurer for many years and was designated as Honorary Member when she became too ill to participate.
Peg was predeceased by her husband Lester F. Plumer Sr.; brother, Francis E. Noonan; and sons, William G. and Lester Jr.
She is survived by her brother Henry C. Dolan and his wife Nancy of South Dennis, Mass.; daughter, Diane and her husband, Timothy Poh, of Meredith. Her grandchildren include Alexandra and her husband, Christopher Sullivan, Tristan and his wife Marsha Poh, and Brendan Poh, all of San Diego, Sean and his wife Emily Plumer of Milford, Scott and his wife Jill Plumer of Bedford, and Seth Plumer of Manchester. Her great-grandchildren are Michael Sullivan and Madeline Poh of San Diego, Collin Plumer of Manchester, and Raegan Plumer of Milford. She is also survived by nieces and nephews and legions of loving friends.
Little Peggy Dolan accomplished much in her lifetime of service. She raised a family and had a successful career during a time when doing both was very difficult. She will be remembered for her deep love for her family and friends. She was an inspiration and model of kindness and professionalism for many and did much work to improve the lives of many in our community. Many will miss her wisdom and wise counsel.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia. Burial will be privately held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, at a later date.
Contributions in Peg's name may be made to any of the charitable organizations that she was involved or the charity of your choice.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:24
ASHLAND — Patricia Jean (Doyle) Holland, 71 died on Feb. 6, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family, following a period of declining health.
She was born in Hanover on June 23, 1943, the daughter of William and Irene (Preston) Doyle. Pat was raised in Vermont where she attended local schools. She was a graduate of Thetford Academy. She came to Ashland 49 years ago and has been a resident ever since. While in Ashland she was employed at Plymouth Stitching, Ashland Schools, Comfort Inn, Ash True Value, and was also self-employed for many years.
Pat was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church, Ashland Woman's Club, and the Ashland Community Center. She enjoyed quilting, shopping, her grandchildren, traveling and the Boston Red Sox.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Holland of Ashland; daughters Dr. Michelle Brague of Pennsylvania, Lisa Ash of Ashland, and Holly Andrews of Meredith; her sons, Brett Beede of Ashland, Melvin Scott Holland of Hillsboro, and Christopher Holland of Campton; 12 grandchildren; four brothers, Dave Doyle of Berlin, Jim Doyle of South Carolina, Larry Doyle of Arizona, and Russell "Pete" Doyle of New York; one sister, Joan Van Norden of Thetford, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Ave. in Ashland. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Ashland Baptist Church, Main Street in Ashland.
Donations may be made to the Pemi Baker Home Health & Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth, NH 03264.
Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:17
MOULTONBOROUGH — Virginia L. Davis, 87, of Weymouth, Mass., and formerly a longtime resident of Moultonborough and Laconia, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass.
Virginia was born June 7, 1927 in Laconia, daughter of the late Edward L. Davis and Clara (Guerin) Davis. Virginia was formerly employed at the Meredith Bank & Trust, and was secretary to the President and the Bank Board.
She loved reading, cooking and enjoyed writing in her diary, and above all spending time with friends and family.
Virginia is survived by a son, Alan and his wife Karen, of Plymouth, Mass.; two daughters, Kathleen Aldrich and her husband Norman, of Gilford, and Patricia Davis and her husband, the Rev. Roger Davis of Brewer, Maine; seven grandchildren Kimberly Duell, Jeffrey Davis, Hillary Damon, Sarah Sedgley, Naomi Wise, Jared Davis and Kelli Aldrich; sic great-grandchildren and a nephew.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased be her husband, Leo E. Davis in 2002; and a brother, Paul Davis.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at noon at St. Andre Bessette Parish in St. Joseph's Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Lambert Cemetery in Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lakes Region Hospital Oncology Department, 80 Highland St., Laconia.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & cremations Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online guest book, please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:13
MEREDITH — Lynn Akeroyd Bent, 83, of Meredith, passed away on Feb. 7, 2015.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 2, 1931, to Arthur and Phyllis (Halstead) Akeroyd, the family subsequently moved to Long Island, N.Y., Waban, Mass., and Newton, Mass., where Lynn graduated from Newton High School and Boston School of Dental Nursing. She subsequently attended Normandale College, Edina, Minn.
In 1955 Lynn married William MacFarland Metcalf and moved to Northfield, Minn., where their five children were born: Robert Arthur (wife Julie, twins Elsa and Jack), William MacFarland Jr. (wife Annette), Beth Anne Velasco (husband Al), and Jennifer Duffy (children Ryan and Lauren), all of whom survive her.
Lynn was married in 1975 to Herman A. Roeder and moved to San Jose, Calif. Mr. Roeder had three sons and two daughters, as well as seven grandchildren, all of whom survive her. Mr. Roeder passed away in 2001.
In December 2010 Lynn and George L. Bent were married in Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. They grew up together in Newton, Mass., and had known each other for 70 years. George also survives her.
She is survived by her sisters Gail Millett of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Jean Akeroyd- Rumble, San Francisco; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. The Rev. Robin Thomas Soller, officiating. Burial service will be held at a later date at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, Mass.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 93 Route 25 East, Meredith, NH 03253
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkonsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:04